US singer and song-writer John Mayer has received Botox injections to help him regain his voice after undergoing surgery. The musician lost his voice after he developed a granuloma on his vocal cords and had to have an operation to remove the growth, in an attempt to restore his singing voice. The granuloma unfortunately returned and surgeons decided to try Botox injections to freeze the vocal chords while they healed.
Dr Gwen Korovin said that Botox stops the vocal chords meeting ‘it paralyses the muscles so that you cannot bring the vocal folds together. That allows them to rest so the area isn’t banging into each other.’
Although Botox is predominantly used for cosmetic purposes – to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles, it also has numerous medical uses, such as relief from migraine pain and to reduce excessive underarm sweating. Mayer described to process of having the injections as ‘fascinating’, he went on to say that the needles used during the treatment were not too intimidating, commenting that ‘it’s a small enough needle that you don’t go totally berserk when you see it.’
The treatment was initially carried out in October last year and the growth has now shrunk considerably, although it will still be some time before the overall results are noticeable – Mayer is hoping to be fighting-fit by the summer so that he can resume touring.